North West housing association collective names panel of 10

Six housing associations in the North West of ­England have completed their first-ever joint legal panel, with 10 national and ­regional firms appointed.

Anthony Collins, Berrymans Lace Mawer, Brabners Chaffe Street, Cobbetts, ­Coffin Mew, Devonshires, Forbes, Howarth Goodman, Mace & Jones and Weightmans have all won places on the Generate Group framework.

The firms will advise across housing, property, employment and pensions, corporate and governance, commercial, funding, ­litigation, business ­restructuring and projects.

The framework is led by Generate Group, an ­informal network of social housing chief executives composed of Chester & ­District Housing Trust, ­Halton Housing Trust, Knowsley Housing Trust, Leeds Federated Housing Association and Stafford and Rural Homes. The Arena Group is also a member.

Chief executive of Halton Housing Trust Nick Atkin said: “At a time of economic uncertainty and financial challenge our customers have directly benefited
from the significant savings we’ve made through our frameworks.”

A spokesperson for Fusion 21, which is facilitating the framework, said: “Any social housing provider nationally who wants to generate ­efficiencies can use it.”